Our Community Need
Komen Puget Sound conducts a needs assessment to guide our priorities and work more effectively within the community. Breast cancer and demographic statistics, breast health services and community perspectives are examined to identify disparities, gaps in services and barriers to care that prevent women from detecting breast cancer early, and then seeking and completing treatment. Komen Puget Sound uses the needs assessment to make informed decisions on how the Affiliate can use its resources to make the greatest impact on breast cancer in the area through the awarding of local grants for education, screening, health system navigation and treatment programs. Funding for local grants is then aligned with the most significant needs in the community.
Every four years, the needs assessment is revised to reflect changes in the community, allowing the Affiliate to identify any gaps in the provision of health care across Puget Sound and to work toward filling them. Analysis of Komen Puget Sound’s service area in the community needs assessment includes the voices of our partners, as well as those we are hoping to serve. The completed product is an assessment of the State of Breast Health in our community and a plan of action in order to improve it.